I just discovered this site and my heart goes out to all of of you. I had a spinal fusion and lamenectomy 3/06. I also suffer from fibromyalgia. I had a very caring physician and was prescribed hydrocodone. I saw her once a month to make sure that I was monitored properly. We went through a period that we adjusted my medications and all was fine. I then thought I might benefit from a "pain specialist" to see if there was something other than controlled substances to help with my pain.
I have never been treated to disrespectfully in my life. They could not beleive that I was taking hydrocodone for 3 years and treated me like a drug addict. They pretty much scolded my primary care physician and put me on Kadian 20mg. The Kadian doesn't help at all and after begging to adjust the dosage they finally swithced it to 30mg, but still severe pain. They had mr try Lyrica, which made me feel stoned out of my mind. I asked my previously compassionate primary care doctor to help me and go back to my previous treatment, but she refuses and says that I have to be treated by the pain specialist.
I know that this is very long, but I am desperate and in excruciating pain. After reading so many posts and seeing the many different controlled substances that so many are on, I would like to know how is everyone prescibed meds that help them and I can't. When I was on hydrocone, I functioned so much better. I was able to drive and perform daily tasks. Now, with Kadian I am in so much pain and am tired and loopy. Please help!